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Biographies of the 2013 NomCom Selected Nominees

Board of Directors

Cherine Chalaby

Cherine Chalaby

Cherine Chalaby's extensive international career encompasses leadership roles in banking and technology.

Beginning in London in 1977, Cherine joined one of the world's largest IT services companies, Accenture. As senior partner, he held key managing positions, ultimately serving on Accenture's Executive Committee and its Global Leadership Council. During his 28-year tenure at Accenture, he led several projects aimed at improving the flow of information between financial markets participants, projects that have been made possible by the expansion of the internet. His experience is broad and extensive. It ranges from strategy development through systems implementation and transformational change to running operations.

In March 2006, Cherine joined Rasmala, a Middle East-based regional investment bank, where he held several positions including chairman of the supervisory board, chairman of the management board and chairman of the bank's subsidiary in Egypt. Previous Middle East experience involved projects dating from the 1980s and included setting up a trading and back office system for a local commercial bank, developing a blueprint for an international exchange, developing and installing a local exchange system, and developing one of the first Internet-based brokerage systems in the region.

Cherine has considerable board experience, having served on seven separate boards of directors.

Cherine is a citizen of Egypt and also holds a British citizenship. He attended the French Jesuits School of Cairo, holds a BSc in Electrical Engineering from Cairo University and an MSc in Computing Sciences from the Imperial College of London. He is fluent in English, French and Arabic.


Bruno Lanvin

Bruno Lanvin

Bruno Lanvin is the Executive Director of INSEAD's European Competitiveness Initiative (IECI), and of Global Indices projects at INSEAD (Global Information Technology, Global Innovation Index, and Global Talent Competitiveness Index). From 2007 to 2012, he has been the Executive Director of INSEAD's eLab, managing INSEAD's teams in Paris, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. From September 2007 to February 2013, Dr. Lanvin has been Director of INSEAD's eLab, managing INSEAD's teams in Paris, Singapore and Abu Dhabi. Under his leadership, eLab's main areas of focus were leadership in knowledge economies, skills/e-skills, innovation, economic impact of social networks, new roles of government. He also teaches in INSEAD's MBA and Executive Education Programmes (e.g. on Social Media Strategies).

In December 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of IDA Infocomm in Singapore (; he currently serves as a member of the Media Convergence Panel of Singapore's Media Development Authority (MDA) (; since 2010, he has been a Broadband Commissioner (

In 2009-2010, he has been Chair of the Global Advisory Council on the Future of Government (World Economic Forum), on which he continues to serve, focusing in particular on the influence of social media on governance, democracy, and public sector innovation (

From 2000 to 2007, he worked for the World Bank, where he was inter alia Senior Advisor for E-strategies, Regional Coordinator (Europe and Central Asia) for ICT and e-government issues and Chairman of the Bank's e-Thematic Group. From June 2001 to December 2003, he was the Manager of the Information for Development Program (infoDev).

In 2000, Mr. Lanvin was appointed Executive Secretary of the G-8 DOT Force. Before that, he worked for some twenty years in senior positions in the United Nations.

The author of numerous books and articles on international economics, information technology and development, he holds a BA in Mathematics and Physics, an MBA from Ecole des Hautes Etudes Commerciales (HEC) in Paris, and a PhD in Economics from the University of Paris I – La Sorbonne.

He has worked in some 70 countries, and speaks French, English, Spanish, with practical knowledge of Italian, Portuguese, Russian and basic Chinese.


Erika Mann

Erika Mann

Erika Mann brings to the ICANN Board extensive knowledge in foreign policy matters. Between 1994 and 2009, Erika was a German member of the European Parliament, where she concentrated on trade and World Trade Organization (WTO) policy, transatlantic relations, digital economy, telecommunications and Internet policy, and research policy.

Between 2003 and 2008, while she was the European chairperson of the Transatlantic Policy Network (TPN), Erika conceived the notion of a Transatlantic Market between the EU and US. This concept led to the founding of the Transatlantic Economic Council (TEC), where she was a member of the European Parliaments advisory board until 2009. She was a founder of the European Internet Foundation, which she chaired until mid-2009.

Erika has acquired considerable expertise in transatlantic relations and international Internet policy formation. She is a lecturer and author of many publications on trade, transatlantic relations and Internet-world related topics, and has received awards from multiple organizations, including the European-American Business Council for Exceptional Transatlantic Commitment, and has also been awarded the Bundesverdienstkreuz am Bande (the German Federal Cross of Merit).

Erika joined Facebook as Director end of October 2011 as Director Public Policy in Brussels. Until October 2011 Erika was the Executive Vice President of the Computer & Communications Industry Association; she is a non-resident Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council and a Trustee of Friends of Europe and serves on the Advisory Board of the European Policy Center. She holds a degree in social science from the University of Hannover, Germany.

GNSO Council

Daniel Reed

Daniel Reed

Daniel A. Reed is Vice President for Research and Economic Development, as well as University Chair in Computational Science and Bioinformatics and Professor of Computer Science, Electrical and Computer Engineering and Medicine, at the University of Iowa. Previously, he was Microsoft's Corporate Vice President for Technology Policy and Extreme Computing, where he helped shape Microsoft's long-term vision for technology innovations in cloud computing and the company's associated policy engagement with governments and institutions around the world.

Before joining Microsoft, he was the Chancellor's Eminent Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, as well as founding Director of the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI) and the Chancellor's Senior Advisor for Strategy and Innovation. Prior to that, he held the Gutgsell Professorship and was Head of the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and Director of the National Center for Supercomputing Applications (NCSA). He received his PhD in computer science in 1983 from Purdue University. Dr. Reed served as a member of the U.S. President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and the U.S. President's Information Technology Advisory Committee (PITAC), as well as a host of other national and international advisory committees.


Thomas Rickert

Thomas Rickert

Thomas Rickert is the Owner and Managing Director of Schollmeyer & Rickert Rechtsanwaltsgesellschaft mbH with offices in Bonn and Frankfurt am Main, Germany ( He specializes in IT-law, IPR and domain-related legal aspects in particular.

Thomas is also Director of Names & Numbers at eco – Association of the German Internet Industry ( where he chairs the eco Names & Numbers Forum, a platform for registrars, registries, resellers and other companies active in the area of the Domain Name System (DNS).

Since 1998, Thomas has been involved in various national and international projects in the area of Internet safety and security. He was instrumental in establishing a hotline in Germany that handles public reports of illegal activity or content on the internet and was President of the Inhope Association ( from 2002 to 2005. Inhope is the global umbrella organization of hotlines fighting illegal content on the Internet.

Thomas has been serving on the GNSO Council since October 2011 as a Nominating Committee Appointee and is Chair of the IGO / INGO PDP Working Group.


Rafid Fatani

Leon Sanchez

Dr. Rafid Fatani has a unique interdisciplinary background that has provided him with strong insights into the different layers of the Internet architecture and infrastructure, its constraints and the development of its various standards and applications. Fatani has been involved in the 'Information Technology' industry in a variety of roles since 1991. He is the founder and director of SASIconsult - a boutique Internet policy consultancy that offers an innovative portfolio of Internet related research and services.

After completing an Internet Engineering bachelor degree, he had the opportunity to explore the Internet from different perspectives including freedom of expression, privacy and intellectual property. His International Affairs masters dissertation was titled "The Global Governance of the Internet: Context, ICANN and the Case Study of the Alt Domain Name System Root and China". His genuine interest in Internet Governance was demonstrated in his Doctoral thesis titled "Governance of the Internet: Policy challenges, stakeholder interests and the importance of the state".

Fatani has been extremely active in the global Internet policy scene and has built a strong reputation amongst peers. He has presented numerous papers to global audiences, and is a regular key contributor to the global debate. He has participated in seven annual United Nations (UN) Internet Governance Forums (IGF), as well as ICANN and UK Internet policy forums and conferences.

Beyond his roles with intergovernmental organisations, Fatani extended his expertise to different stakeholder groups including the Internet Society (ISOC) who appointed him an ISOC Ambassador for two years and an Organisation for Economic Co-operation & Development (OECD) Fellow at the 2011 Technology Foresight Forum.

His current focus is on public policy surrounding the Internet, access policy, ICT for development, Internet empowerment mechanisms, and in being one of the younger participant in the global debate, Fatani has often had to give the youth a voice.


Beran Dondeh Gillen

Beran Dondeh Gillen

Beran is the Deputy Director, ICT at the Directorate of National Treasury (DNT) under the Ministry of Finance and Economic Affairs in The Gambia. She oversees the technical aspect of all ICTs at the ministry including the administration of the Integrated Financial Management Information System (IFMIS) of The Gambia Government.

Beran acquired both her Bachelor of Science (First Class Honours) in Computing Science and her Masters in Computer Networks (Distinction) at Middlesex University in North London, United Kingdom.

In her two-year tenure as the Vice President of the Information Technology Association of The Gambia (ITAG), Beran spearheaded various activities in the areas of ICT in Schools, Girls in ICT Program and is currently setting up a mentoring program between the association and tertiary institutions in The Gambia.

Beran also worked as the sole representative for De La Rue Identity Systems in The Gambia. She was in charge of the design, set-up, implementation and administration of The Gambia's first Machine Readable Passports as System Administrator of The Gambia Passport Office. She worked closely with other De La Rue set-ups in the West African region including the Sierra Leone Passport System.

As the Secretary on the IXP Committee in The Gambia, Beran is highly involved in the implementation plans of an IXP in The Gambia. She also sits on the Committee involved in the re-delegation of the .gm ccTLD in The Gambia. Beran's involvement in ICANN began in Prague as a fellow and as a repeat fellow in ICANN 46 Beijing.


Leon Sanchez

Leon Sanchez

Leon Felipe Sanchez Ambia is an intellectual property attorney graduated from the UNAM in Mexico City. He also has post graduate studies on intellectual property at the UNAM and Internet Law at Harvard Law School.

Since 2006 he is partner at Fulton & Fulton, a law firm specialized in intellectual property and IT law based in Mexico City, and is head of the Intellectual Property division.

Since 2008 he was admitted as professor on Intellectual Property at the UNAM Law School.

He is co-lead for the Mexican chapter of Creative Commons and advisor to different Government bodies that include the Digital Strategy Coordination Office of the Mexican Presidency, the Special Commission on Digital Agenda and IT of the Mexican House of Representatives and the Science and Technology Commission of the Mexican Senate.

He drafted the Internet Users Rights Protection Act for Mexico and has been very active on issues like ACTA, SOPA, TPPA and other local initiatives of the same kind, always advocating to defend users' and creators' rights in order to achieve a balance between regulation and freedom.

His involvement with ICANN began as a fellow on the fellowship program in Prague.

ccNSO Council

Celia Lerman

Celia Lerman

Celia Lerman, Lawyer (Universidad Torcuato Di Tella, Valedictorian) and Intellectual Property LLM (Universidad Austral), is a Professor and Researcher of Intellectual Property at the Universidad Torcuato Di Tella law school, and the coordinator of the Internet Governance initiative at the Latin American E-Commerce Institute (eInstituto).

Her areas of research include intellectual property, Internet governance and private international law. Prior to her career in academia, she was an associate lawyer in the IP department at Mitrani, Caballero, Ojám y Ruiz Moreno (2008-2010).

She was the Visiting Intellectual Property Scholar of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts at Columbia University (2012), and a selected professor by the WIPO-WTO (2012).

She is a member of the Latin America and the Caribbean Strategy Steering Committee at the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) (2012-present), where she was previously an ICANN fellow (2011-2013).

She has received the Buenos Aires Bar Association Award for Excellence (2007), and the Fulbright Foreign Award to pursue her doctoral studies in the United States (2014-2015).

Domain Name System
Internationalized Domain Name ,IDN,"IDNs are domain names that include characters used in the local representation of languages that are not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet ""a-z"". An IDN can contain Latin letters with diacritical marks, as required by many European languages, or may consist of characters from non-Latin scripts such as Arabic or Chinese. Many languages also use other types of digits than the European ""0-9"". The basic Latin alphabet together with the European-Arabic digits are, for the purpose of domain names, termed ""ASCII characters"" (ASCII = American Standard Code for Information Interchange). These are also included in the broader range of ""Unicode characters"" that provides the basis for IDNs. The ""hostname rule"" requires that all domain names of the type under consideration here are stored in the DNS using only the ASCII characters listed above, with the one further addition of the hyphen ""-"". The Unicode form of an IDN therefore requires special encoding before it is entered into the DNS. The following terminology is used when distinguishing between these forms: A domain name consists of a series of ""labels"" (separated by ""dots""). The ASCII form of an IDN label is termed an ""A-label"". All operations defined in the DNS protocol use A-labels exclusively. The Unicode form, which a user expects to be displayed, is termed a ""U-label"". The difference may be illustrated with the Hindi word for ""test"" — परीका — appearing here as a U-label would (in the Devanagari script). A special form of ""ASCII compatible encoding"" (abbreviated ACE) is applied to this to produce the corresponding A-label: xn--11b5bs1di. A domain name that only includes ASCII letters, digits, and hyphens is termed an ""LDH label"". Although the definitions of A-labels and LDH-labels overlap, a name consisting exclusively of LDH labels, such as"""" is not an IDN."